Aeschylus: The Orestia

Purified by Fury

So what do you do when two options are both normatively right, yet diametrically opposed to one another? Orestia is an example of the very dialectic that destroyed ancient man. The story  could probably be transposed onto any culture at any time.

The Orestia is interesting for the issues it raises: chaotic fickle gods versus instruments of fate which themselves are independent of the gods. The only hope, as Athena hints at the end, is a higher synthesis that overcomes the two.

Contrast that with the Sermon on the Mount.

The dialectic is then undone

4 thoughts on “Aeschylus: The Orestia

  1. I’d really like to read more development of these thoughts you’ve started. Your summaries are a great help to exposing me to deeper thinking on several topics. This is one I think I may have skimmed in high school—35 years ago. More to share?

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